August 19, 2010 - Today marks the second annual World Humanitarian Day, which is a day designed to raise public awareness about humanitarian needs and efforts around the world. The day also honours humanitarian workers who have been injured or lost their lives while working to improve the welfare of others.
Being one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, WFP commemorates the sacrifice and dedication of its workers. For many WFP personnel, the desire to work in the humanitarian sector begins at a very young age. Jan Delbaere, for example, knew that he wanted to fight hunger and poverty when he was a teenager. Read his story
Are you interested in humanitarian work?
It is never too early to start working in the humanitarian field. At WFP, youth from all over the world has helped the organization feed more than 90 million hungry people in over 70 countries. With this year also being the International Year of Youth, there has never been a better time for youth to get involved.
Whether you wish to help with the floods in Pakistan or the drought in Niger, all you need is a desire and commitment to make a difference. Read about how other young humanitarians are getting involved, why now is the right time to help others, and ways for you to take action.
To get an inside look at the lives of WFP humanitarian workers, check out the video: 'Want to be an Aid Worker?'
On World Humanitarian Day, let us remember those in need…
Those who have fallen while trying to help them…
And those who continue to give aid, undeterred by the dangers they face — for the sake of building a safer, better world.
-United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon